Love it, one of the more interesting google logos. I'm still not sure whether dynamic identities are good or bad for a brand. The pros are it keeps the brand fresh, it allows the users to interact with the brand. But the cons are it can make the brand less recognisable and maybe the confusing for some users. Thoughts?
Anyone else finding it...slightly annoying? I mean it's neat-looking, but having a big distracting animation pop up every time I open a new browser window (google.com is my home page) is a little less neat.
I find it very visually disorienting. It literally made me throw up last night-that's not bashing Google or anything. I was already feeling rather nauseas due to a migraine at the time. I went to look up something, and it was.... just too much.
This is probably some kind of first for the guys behind the Google logos.
The particles are divs styled with border-radius and position:absolute. Seems like SVG, Canvas, or CSS transforms would be better; I wonder if they chose border-radius and position:absolute for speed or compatibility? I don't have a copy of IE around to try; do they do something different there?
It's amazing the hoops people are willing to jump through to get fast graphics on the web. When WebGL comes out and makes all these hacks obsolete you're going to start seeing some really amazing stuff.
This is seriously distracting and I really wonder how many users are going to be completely dumbfounded by the circles floating around where the logo used to be.
An event-based illustrated logo is a simple switch-out. There's not much resistance to understanding the meaning there. The Pac-Man game logo was a bit more complete, but Pac-Man is universally recognized. This on the other hand - how may people will see the logo when they move their cursor away and understand that something on the page isn't broken - that it's intentional?
It will be interesting to see the larger reaction from everyday Google users.
The Pac-Man doodle triggered hundreds of support calls and problem tickets for the makers of browsers and antivirus software. A big part of that, though, was the fact that it played sound (even when the Google search page was loaded on a background tab).
Perhaps I'm wrong. Maybe my code is getting run perfectly, but it's just happening so blazingly fast that it doesn't affect anything at all. In which case, I'd still give Opera the big "fuck you" that I'm feeling after writing this.
I've also found that Opera is annoying about caching stuff that it thinks is local (192.168.. or file:///). It aggressively caches, and is reluctant to reload, certain pages on our Django site on our local dev machines - but the problem doesn't repro on production. I don't know if it's a bug, or a setting I can turn off, but if I work it out I'll let you know.